MLB betting handicappers that speculated as to whether or not the Reds could maintain their winning ways with the MLB odds found that they were up to the challenge.
Cincinnati began the dog days of August with 8 wins in 10 games and was atop a neck and neck race with the defending National League Central Division champion St. Louis Cardinals.
The Reds were left out in the cold at the trade deadline as the silence was deafening to many of their fans and to handicappers who felt that they did not improve themselves for the stretch run. As it has turned out so far the Reds were looking smarter than originally thought as they were able to maintain their winning chemistry.
Third baseman Scott Rolen said that the clubhouse chemistry is fine and one of the reasons for the Reds online baseball betting success.
“Take that however you want to,” said Rolen. “I’m sure there’s going to be some negatives out there and there will be positive people, too. In our clubhouse though, it doesn’t matter what the sentiment is. We’re just going to keep playing. If you look around our team, you don’t see any gaping holes.”
Pitcher Bronson Arroyo agreed.
“This is not saying there isn’t somebody out there that could help us, but I feel like we have exactly what we need to get to the post season,” Arroyo said. “Guys jell. They have personalities that you get used to on a day in, day out basis. If you bring a guy in who plays every day, it could shuffle things up and it could go south a little bit.”
Manager Dusty Baker also said things are fine the way they are for the stretch run with the baseball odds.
“You always want better, but me, I never complain about what I have,” said the former Cubs skipper. “Whether it’s true or false, I think I can go with what I have. That’s part of the challenge of a manger.”
Cincinnati continues to get good relief pitching from Francisco Cordero, who has become a key MLB betting asset with 30 saves for the season, which is the sixth time he has reached that level in his career.